ETH4271 African Missiology: Beyond Colonialism

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen

Course Description:

After colonialism and the influence of Western mission began to decline, Africans have engaged to interpret the Word of God in the light of their own historical and cultural context. Transplanted theology and methodology during the colonial era did not scratch where Africans itch. When church liturgy, polity, preaching and teaching began to represent acceptable cultural forms the gospel began to take part in the core being of Africans. This course investigates how Christianity tackled the issue of polygamy, apartheid, social unrest, poverty, urbanization, etc.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This class sheds light on the process and principles of African contextualization. Those who are committed to make the gospel speak to their context will find the course to be academically enriching and practical in their ministry context.

Why This Course Is Important:

The gospel and culture are dynamic and when one encounters the other change is inevitable. As Christianity addressed the gentile and Jewish customs and norms in the first century, this course explores the positive contribution of Christianity in the African culture after colonialism. For peace and stability, for global economy and mission work, the prophetic and apostolic message of the African church is crucial.